Rohit proposed at the Westlake Village Inn, a beautiful hotel in Southern California. The groom took Anita there under the pretext of a friend’s birthday celebration.
“As we turned a corner, I saw four enlarged pictures of Rohit and I that had been taken over the course of our 10-year friendship turned relationship,” the bride recalled.
“The pictures flanked the two sides of a walkway that led to a gazebo and waterfall, where he proposed!”
Stylistically, the couple chose a modern Moroccan, white and gold color scheme, lanterns, and a floral chandelier for their Sangeet celebration.
To give it a modern spin, they had a live jazz band that incorporated Bollywood classics and a fusion menu with paneer masala ravioli and chicken tikka sliders.
The wedding carried on the gold theme and added bold, vibrant shades of magentas, pinks, and purples.
The reception had a romantic garden and whimsical feeling, similar to that of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The food was certainly a highlight. The couple created a fusion menu for the Sangeet, which combined Indian cuisine with Mexican and Asian flavors.
They even ended the reception night with an In-N-Out truck in the hotel parking lot!
Creating a personal and warm feeling throughout the events was integral.
The couple tried to achieve intimacy by selecting a venue that allowed for an intimate gathering. They also made welcome bags for the guests and created personalized notes and signs in their décor.
“My favorite part of planning the wedding was seeing our design vision come to life at our mock-up sample showing,” the bride said.
“After having discussed our ideas amongst ourselves and with our planners and designer for months, it was so exciting to see it all come together in real life!”
The bride advises identifying and ranking your priorities early on and to select vendors you connect with on a personal level, as the planning process can be stressful.
“Knock out as many to-do’s as early as possible. If you end up having everything done early with a little time to spare, enjoy it!